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good evening see you at 10 and >> mason: disrespecting an american hero. >> and i just want to say that i'm embarrassed. >> mason: why an air force mortician says he offered a peek at the remains of john glenn. also tonight, is the president warming to the paris climate accord? >> he came here to learn, and he came here to get smarter. so his views are evolving. >> mason: surviving a loss. >> i won't lie, chardonnay helped a little, too. >> mason: a plan to save a natural treasure before it's too late. >> reporter: what have we done to the everglades? >> the biggest thing we've done is drained it. >> and the elevator opens and mr. rogers is standing there. >> mason: and steve hartman with a timeless message just at
the right time. >> when i read the newspaper and see the news on television, i look for the people who are trying to help. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> mason: good evening. scott's on assignment for "60 minutes." i'm anthony mason. this memorial day weekend, as we honor those who served america, an air force mortician is being accused of disrespecting one of our greatest military heroes, space pioneer john glenn. here's david martin. >> i just want to say i'm exwoorsed for my profession, to put that out there. and kind of heartbroken and i hope that the family is not offended in any way. >> reporter: bill zwicherowski is a mortician at dover air force base in delaware, where the fallen come home from america's wars. he now stands accused of failing to treat the remains of astronaut and senator john glenn with respect and dignity. >> i was issued a letter on
monday afternoon saying that i was being investigated by the i.g. >> reporter: the inspector general's investigation was ordered after an inspection of the mortuary in march. zwicherowski offered to show pentagon officials glenn's remains, which were being kept at dover, awaiting his burial at arlington national cemetery. one official called that, "clear inappropriate and personally shocking." zwicherowski says he only wanted to show the inspectors the embalming procedures used on remains kept for months. glenn had died in december. his widow wanted him buried in april, on their wedding anniversary. >> has nothing to do with john glenn. it had to do with the preparation of the remains. >> reporter: when we first met zwicherowski five years ago, he had blown the whistle on the mishandling and misplacing of remains of the fallen. basically, you were taken out of your job. >> correct. >> reporter: and assigned to-- >> a desk. >> reporter: an air force lawyer reviewed the evidence and
concluded that zwicherowski's superiors are "out to get this guy for some reason." he was given his job back. but now, once again, he's been suspended. this time he suspects the pentagon is trying to get even for the trouble he caused before. >> well, i can't say for sure, but it sure is looking that way. >> reporter: whether this is payback to a whistleblower or disrespect of an american hero is now up to the air force inspector general to decide. anthony. >> mason: david martin, thanks, david. president trump's son-in-law and senior adviser is now under cruit me in the f.b.i. investigation of russian tampering with the u.s. election, and whether there was collusion by anyone in the trump campaign. but the bureau may be less interested in what jared kushner did than what he knows. here's jeff pegues. >> reporter: sources say the f.b.i. is scrutinizing kushner's contacts last year with russian ambassadoambassador sergey kisl. in december, during the
transition, kushner and case met at trump tower. at kislyak's urging, kushner later met with the head of the state-run russian bank, veb, sergey gorkov. veb has deep die thais to russian intelligence, and gorkov himself is close to vladimir putin and was trained by the country's top spy agency. a former intelligence official familiar with the investigation described kushner as the director of everything, both during the campaign and now in the white house. that means any contacts he had with russia would receive a thorough review. >> it doesn't mean that he's necessarily done anything wrong or committed any crimes. >> reporter: asha rangappa is a former f.b.i. counter-intelligence agent. >> this is the first time that we've really seen someone in president trump's inner circle become a focus of this ongoing inquiry. >> reporter: in a statement, his attorney said mr. kushner previously volunteered to share with congress what he knows
about these meetings. he will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry. the foeb is already scrutinizing mr. trump's former national security adviser, michael flynn. former campaign chairman paul manafort. former foreign policy adviser, carter page. and longtime friend, roger stone. but none is as close to the president as kushner. >> it's significant in that he holds some keys, as far as the f.b.i. believes, that's going to help them get to the bottom of what they're looking for in terms of who was involved. >> reporter: the senate intelligence committee believes fired f.b.i. director james comey may have answers. a week ago, committee said that he would testify after memorial day. anthony, we learned today that he is still coordinating with the special counsel over what he can and can't say. jeff pegues, thanks. >> mason: president trump today wrapped up his first foreign visit at the g-7 summit
in sicily, and there are indications his position on a key issue may be shifting. here's major garrett. >> reporter: g-7 leaders stood on a bluff overlook the ionian sea to marvel at the sights and sounds of an italian military fly-over. leaders of the top economies, tried to find common ground amid president trump's "america first" positions on trade and climate change. european and canadian leaders want the president to endorse the 195-nation paris climate accord, something president obama signed but mr. trump has so far resisted. today, the president's top economic adviser, gary cohn, indicated mr. trump may be changing his mind. >> i think his views are evolving, and he came here to learn, and he came here to get smatter, and he came here to hear people's world leaders' views. >> reporter: the president won't make a decision until after the g-7 meeting. mr. trump also ruffled diplomatic feathers by
criticizing german trade practices during meeting with european commission members yesterday. a german magazine reported the president called germans "very bad." cohn later clarified. "he said they're very bad on trade, but he doesn't have a problem with germany." this trip began with the president telling authoritarian leaders in the middle east he would not lecture them on human rights. thee hen proceeded to lecture european democratics about nato spending. anthony, through this entire trip, the president has held not one press conference with traveling u.s. reporters. >> mason: major garrett in italy. a program note, defense secretary james mattis will be john dickerson's guest this sunday on "face the nation." hillary clinton, wellesley college class of '69, returned to her alma mater today to deliver the commencement address. she spoke about the man who was in the white house when she graduated, but seemed to be making a veiled reference to the man who's there now. >> we were furious about the
past presidential election of a man whose presidency would eventually end in disgrace with his impeachment for obstruction of justice. ( laughter ) ( cheers and applause ) after firing the person running the investigation into him at the department of justice. ( applause ). >> mason: clinton was speaking, of course, of president nixon who resigned before the house could impeach him. republican greg gianforte is heading to washington to represent montana in the house. he won a special election yesterday, the day after he was arrested for body slamming a reporter. barry petersen is in big sky country. ( applause ) >> reporter: in victory, republican greg gianforte was first happy then humble. >> i should not have responded in the way that i did. and for that, i'm sorry. >> and you're forgiven! >> reporter: gianforte faces charges of misdemeanor assault
and will have to appear in court before june 7. ( applause ) but some in the crowd said the fault belonged to the reporter for being too aggressive. eric jacobs vote forward gianforte. >> in the old days, you used to be a man could step out and solve his problems man to man. i think there has to be a period where people draw the line. >> reporter: the debate has now reached well beyond montana. conservative radio talk show host rush limbaugh also seemed to defend gianforte. >> this manly, obviously studley republican candidate took the occasion to beat up a pajama-clad journalist. >> reporter: and just this morning, republican texas governor greg abbott pointed to a bullet-riddled target and actually said this: >> i'm going to carry it around in case i see any reporters. ( laughter ) >> reporter: some say this antipress sentiment is being fueled by president trump. >> a few days ago, i called the
fake news the enemy of the people, and they are. they are the enemy of the people. >> it's really a game changer. >> reporter: joel simon is executive director of the committee to protect journalists. >> what journalists are doing their job and asking tough questions and sometimes being a little pushy, that that would somehow justify some sort of physical attack, that's unacceptable. and we have to speak out about that. >> reporter: america's a long ways away from the kind of attacks sometimes including murder, that journalists have suffered in other countries. the worry, anthony, is that violence against journalists here could be an ominous step in that direction. >> mason: barry petersen in montana. thanks, barry. in egypt, a bus load of christians was ambushed as it was headed to a monastery south of cairo. masked gunmen riding in s.u.v.s opened fire on the bus. at least 28 were killed, including two girls ages two and four. no claim of responsibility, but isis is suspected.
turning now to a major health concern. the centers for disease control reports 64 babies have been born in the continental u.s. with zika-related birth defects. dr. jon lapook has been tracking the spread of the virus and recently spent time in texas. >> reporter: last year, local transmission of zika in cameron county, texas, bordering mexico, prompted the c.d.c. to recommend routine zika testing for pregnant women here. so far this year, 15 have tested positive, including 24-year-old rocio morado. last month, she delivered baby hugo, born with microcephaly. what's your understanding of how somebody can get zika? >> by the mosquito, and sexual transmissions. >> reporter: and before you got pregnant, did you know that? >> no. >> reporter: that lack of awareness is all too common, according to esmeralda guajardo, who heads up zika control efforts in this border county. does the public understand well
enough that zika show it's spread, how to protect themselveses? >> i don't eye don't think so. >> reporter: so cameron county is increasing its efforts at mosquito control and public education and sharing what it's learned with others across texas. >> we had a boot camp in april. we allowed all the health departments to come in to learn from our mistakes. >> reporter: really? so they're gearing up and the reason they're gearing up is... >> they're scared of it hitting their area. >> reporter: since january 2016, in the states and d.c., the c.d.c. has reported more than 5,000 symptomatic zika cases. only about 20% of infections cause symptoms. and more than 1800 infections in women who are pregnant. so far, only south florida and brownsville, texas have reported zika infection in local moskeet organization but texas health commissioner dr. john hellerstedt is concerned travelers with zika in their bloodstream could spread the virus to uninfected mosquitos in other states. >> they could go to anywhere that have the potential to
harbor the aedes aegypti mosquito. >> reporter: in texas would you say year yoour on low, medium, or high alert? >> oh, we're absolutely on high alert. >> reporter: the question now-- will the virus start to spread in vulnerable areas like the gulf coast. and if so, how quickly will we detect it? >> mason: dr. jon lapook. thanks, jon. coming up next on the cbs evening news, humans are drank the swamp. what's being done to save the everglades. your rates y mutual won't raise due to your first accident. liberty mutual insurance. fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. got any ideas?ting you? not all products work the same. my owner gives me k9 advantix ii. it kills all three through contact. no biting required. so they don't have to bite? that's right. no biting required. k9 advantix ii. wise choice.
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florida's audubon society says the fresh water the birds need is disappearing, and the entire ecosystem is at risk. what have we done to the everglades? >> well, the biggest thing we've done is drained it. >> reporter: for? >> for our purposes. >> reporter: development, farming. >> development, agriculture. this was the big land boon. there were people who looked at that swamp and said, "what a waste of land. it's fertile soil. let's drain it. >> reporter: case in point-- this view of one part of the glades in the 1970s. this is just 30 years later. the effect has been to cut off the vital natural flow of fresh water from the kissimmee river and lake okeechobee all the way to florida bay. the disruption contributed to recent toxic algae blooms. now almost 20 years after lawmakers passed a comprehensive everglades restoration plan, the florida legislature finally approved a key project, a $1.5 billion reservoir designed to help restore some of that
natural flow. >> we got ourselves into this mess. we can figure out how to get ourselves out of it. >> reporter: dr. tiffany troxler of florida international university says the need is greater than ever because another problem, sea level rise, is already damaging the saw grass that makes up this river of grass. >> when we came out here and measured the salt, it was about three times higher than what we thought we would experience here. >> reporter: if left unchecked, seeping salt water could impact more than just wildlife here. eight million people count on the everglades for drinking water. that reservoir that would reflen ish some fresh water here is by no means a done deal. anthony, congress must approve its share of funding, and then, of course, it would still have to be built. >> mason: manuel bojorquez, thanks, manuel. up next, a former nurse suspected of killing as many as 60 children. of multiple symptoms. ♪
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texas prison for killing a toddler in 1982 has now been charged with killing an infant one year earlier, and prosecutors believe she may have killed dozens of children. here's david begnaud. >> reporter: suspected serial baby killer genene jones was just months away from getting out of jail because of a mandatory release law from the 1980s that was aimed at reducing prison overcrowding but now she may never breathe the air of freedom. the new indictment against the 66-year-old comes 36 years after the day of leath-month-old joshua sawyer. prosecutors say jones was working as a pediatric nurse at a hospital in bear county, texas, when she injected joshua with a lethal dose of antiseizure drug. what was the motive? >> i can't speak for a motive. all i can tell you is i believe she is evil. >> reporter: he established a task force to investigate jones for the suspects murders of 60 children. >> she appeared to be very passionate about children, like
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>> mason: finally tonight, when the world is at its worst, a kind word from a good neighbor can help. here's steve hartman "on the road." >> oh, my god. >> reporter: whenever evil claims a victory, as it did in manchester, people search for words of hope. and this week, that search led many back deep into their childhood to "mr. rogers neighborhood" of all places ♪ it's a beautiful day in this neighborhood a beautiful day for a neighbor ♪ ♪ >> it was mr. fred rogers who say qhifs a boy and i would see scary things in the news, my would would say to me, look for the helpers. you will always find people who are helping. thousands shared that, including a senior writer from "entertainment weekly," name nad anthony breznican. >> that quote seems almost too
good to be true. when you hear a quote that abraham lincoln said-- >> reporter: and he never said it. >> i knew from experience mr. rogerss like that in real life. >> reporter: when is why when anthony shared the helper quote he added a personal story from when he was in college that made it all the more poignant. on twitter he began, "i was struggling, lonely, dealing with a lot of broken pieces and not adjusting well." then one day, he said he walked into an empty commons with the tv on. >> and there was mr. rogers. i stood there mesmerized. >> reporter: he watched the entire episode and felt a little better, but says the real fix came a few days later. >> yeah, i'm going down the stairs to the lobby of the student union and the elevator opens, and mr. rogers is standing there. and i just got in the elevator and... he said, "were you one of my television neighbors? i was like, "yes. i was one of your neighbors." >> reporter: anthony told him how he had just watched the
show, and how it made him feel better. >> he sat down and he said, "would you like to tell me what was upsetting you?" i didn't have anything exwb they could talk to like that. i feel like his trolley car-- i fell off the tracks, he put me back on, and that was all i needed. and at one point i said, "i'm really sorry. i hope i'm not tying you up, that you have somewhere else to go." and he said, sometimes you're in just the right place. the. >> i look for the people who are trying to help. >> reporter: mr. rogers was in just the right place again this week, reminding us to look for the helpers, the first spenders, the global leaders, and caring neighbors across the world who still outnumber evil, a million to one. steve hartman, "on the road" in los angeles. >> mason: real strength, fred rogers also said, has to do with helping others. that's the cbs evening news. for scott pelley, i'm anthony mason in new york. see you tomorrow
ariana grande vows to return to manchester. her powerful message to fans tonight. and katy perry's tearful tribute. >> it's awful. it's awful. >> her security plan now, as she takes the stage in england. plus -- >> i got paid. >> did katy ruin ryan seacrest's "american idol" return? why her power move may knock him out of hosting. then, roseanne barr's return to her sitcom. >> we were writing yesterday. >> and why is she in a wheelchair? plus -- ♪ shakira on new music, motherhood and her younger man. >> i would have ten kids with that man. >> but why she won't return to "the voice." and judge judy, giving out life-changing career advice. >> i'm not giving you a preview. >> okay. guess you'll have to stay tuned for that. >> perfect.